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August 10, 2017

Who can be part of the parenting plan?

The judge will try to incorporate both parents into the parenting plan.  However, if one parent is unfit, a judge can award all of the parenting time and decision making authority to the other parent.*

In addition, a non-parent with a significant connection to the child might be able to ask for custody. A petition for non-parental custody must be filed where the child lives, and only if the child is not in the physical custody of one of its parents, or if neither parent is a suitable caregiver.**  Custody will be determined in the best interests of the child.***  For more information see Can a non-parent file for custody of a child?

* R.C.W. § 26.09.191
** R.C.W. § 26.10.030(1)
*** R.C.W. § 26.10.100